Does T-Mobile include a subsidized phone charge for plans when one is not purchasing a phone from T-Mobile via monthly payments?
I'm currently with Sprint, and have for years now been charged $25 / month per line (x2 = $50 / month) with a subsidized phone charge. This is because we did not purchase our phones through Sprint monthly payment.
I've been told, by industry definition (same for all carriers), a "subsidized phone" is a phone in which a monthly payment is not being made to the carrier.
- This includes, but not limited to some examples. Any phone you purchased, inherited from someone else.
- Any phone that has been paid off over a 2 year payment plan.
3. Any phone you paid for completely up front. (E.g. You pay $600 for phone up front, but still get charged $25 / month in perpetuity).
Basically, with Sprint, they're saying "You WILL pay us $25 minimum / month / phone. If you're purchasing a phone, that's great. If you're using an old phone, or one you paid off up front, or completely paid off and is > 24 months old, or one you purchased on ebay, or had given to you, you're cheating the system, and we WILL charge you."
I'm going to assume that T-Mobile does the exact same thing. So if I want to sign up for the 55+ plan and "bring my own phones" (assuming they are compatible with T Mobile of course), T Mobile is going to say "Uh yeah, we're going to charge you $70 for 2 lines on the 55+ plan, and we're going to charge you $25 / line (x2 = $50) since you're not paying the 'subsidized phone ransom' for a (near) total bill of $120 / month.
Is this true T Mobile uses? Anyone not paying a phone off at $25 or > per month, and not paying the subsidized phone ransom?
I think the idea is that carriers are saying "You will pay us at least $25 / month / phone line whether you're getting a new phone or not."